It had been so long since I had some Bilsteins on anything I was driving, I had forgotten just how much better they are than the rest of the crap out there. Well, not all of it is crap, but there is certainly a dividing line in the damper products readily available (and affordable) to us normies - on one side of the line are the Bilsteins; on the other side is everything else.
I tried the economical route first when searching for some dampers to go with my new lowering springs (Mopar Stage 1), and that lasted all of a couple of months (Monroe Heavy Duty...HD my arse!). Then I tried going with the kind that were on it when it rolled off the assembly line (well, the Sachs version of the Mopar units anyway), and while those lasted longer and rode better, they still wore out too soon and rode too rough for my liking.
I tried to get some Bilsteins each time I had to replace those shocks/struts, but no one had any in stock to sell me...until now, that is. TireRack.com of all places had them, so I put the grab on a set, and man o' man, it's good to be home again! This is where the suspension belonged the whole time!!
I'm not ashamed to admit that I let the joy of the moment overcome me, causing me to lose control and start dancing suddenly. There is some security camera footage of the ugly incident, and I have included a snippet of it here. The sound is horrible thanks to the fan roaring in the background, but if you listen closely, you can juuust make out the lyrics** to the song that suddenly sprang from me mid-dance.
Bilsteins - YouTube
You can never un
see that now!
Look on the bright side, you only have to watch that once. I'm going to put it on a loop and pipe it into every screen in the house for the wife
** - the sound got dropped during one of the post-filming processing events I guess, so here is a transcript of the original lyrics:
"Bilstein, Bilstein...I love Bilsteins.
Bilstein, Bilstein...they are the best!
Feel free to sing along now that you know the tune I'm dancing to in the vid.